Egypt confirmed on Friday (Feb 14) its first coronavirus case and said the affected person was a foreigner who had been put into isolation in hospital. Of the 55,952 active COVID-19 cases, 45,341 (81 percent) are individuals who are in mild condition.
Covid-19 has, so far, killed over 1,100 people, while infecting over 40,000, mostly in China. "Having a name matters to prevent the use of other names that can be inaccurate or stigmatizing", Ghebreyesus said.
Under a set of guidelines issued in 2015, the World Health Organization advises against using place names such as Ebola and Zika, where the diseases were first identified.
COVID-19 is a mashup of the words "corona", "virus", and "disease"-with 2019 representing the year it emerged". And China's National Health Commission earlier this week named the pneumonia caused by the virus as "novel coronavirus pneumonia" or NCP.
Meanwhile, Dr. Michael J. Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization, said in the same briefing that "one clinical trial is already on the way" in China in a bid to find a cure to the novel coronavirus, CNN reported Wednesday.
These include decisions surrounding easy to apply diagnostics, the best approaches for infection prevention, potential therapies that could be used to treat patients, existing vaccine candidates and how to accelerate them, and what Tedros described as the "infodemic" - the overwhelming quantity of information, being produced and disseminated worldwide.
Tedros who spoke on Tuesday during a meeting of more than 400 scientists from around the world, said WHO is bringing the world together to coordinate the response.